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United States retains 13th spot in recent FIFA World Rankings

Oct 17, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

Johannsson of the U.S. celebrates with his team mates after scoring a goal against Panama during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Panama City Reuters

The United States Men’s National Team retained 13th place in the most recent FIFA world rankings, released earlier today.

The victories over Jamaica and Panama were not enough to propel the Yanks farther up the rankings. The failure to crack the Top 7 means the USMNT did not receive a World Cup seed.

The honor of being a top seed in next summer’s tournament went to the Top 7 in the world – Spain, Germany, Argentina, Columbia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland – plus hosts Brazil. If Uruguay fail to qualify for the World Cup in their intercontinental playoff with Jordan next month, the Netherlands will be bumped up to a seeded team.

The Americans’ immobility despite the two wins was due to a strong showing from the world’s top teams (with the exception of Italy) and countries like Switzerland and Chile earning big wins to leap-frog the Yanks. With wins over Albania and Slovenia, Switzerland shot up seven places to #7 while Chile advanced four places to #12 with their victory over Ecuador and the draw with Columbia.

Elsewhere in the world England moved up to #10 following their wins over Poland and Montenegro, Croatia dropped eight places to #18 with their losses to Scotland and Belgium, France rose four spots to #20 after victories over Finland and Australia while Serbia rose 15 spots to #28 following their wins over Macedonia and Japan.

Twenty teams have now qualified for the World Cup in addition to hosts Brazil: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Germany, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and USA.

The next FIFA world ranking is set to be published after completion of World Cup qualifying on November 28th.

  1. hildezero - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    That’s fair enough for the US, but my question is, why is Uruguay ranked up so high? They’re not that great of a team. Uruguay are barely trying to qualify. They’re no longer that Uruguay that won third place and won Copa America.

    • bear06 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      It’s because CONMEBOL is one of the toughest regions in the world to qualify. Uruguay might not be as good as they were back in 2010/2011 but they are still a quality team.

  2. jucam1 - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Because Uruguay plays good teams in qualifying…. Being the 5th best team in a power Conmembol, makes you much better than the best team in Concacaf by a mile….. It’s not the US’s fault they have to play TT, Jamaica, Guatemala, etc…. But when you have to qualify against Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia in that altitude, and even a decent Venezuela, it’s a thousand times more difficult even for a team who isn’t as good as it was 4 years ago and deserves to be adjusted for in the rankings…. I’m blown away the US is 13th, i can’t see how they are that high

  3. braxtonrob - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    “If Uruguay fail to qualify for the World Cup in their intercontinental playoff with Jordan next month,…”

    Yeah, (LOL) ’cause THAT’S gonna happen. lmao.

    • talgrath - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Stranger things have happened in international football.

      • footballer4ever - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        Exactly! Otherwise, they can pay attention to Mexico’s current situation for reference purposes. 😉

      • talgrath - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Would I put cash on it? Probably not, I’m not one to gamble anyway. But I wouldn’t completely count Jordan out just yet.

      • footballer4ever - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Me neither, just like noone should disrespect or discount New Zealand. “On any given day…..”, as the football saying goes.

      • braxtonrob - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:58 AM

        Stranger things HAVE happened, indeed … but I wouldn’t bet on it … unless you’d like to put your $10 up against my $100 ?

        [I’m fully prepared to exchange PayPal emails! lol :P]

  4. talgrath - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Let’s be honest, even if they got a seed, no path to qualifying is ever truly “easy”. Remember that English headline four years ago? EASY (English, Algeria, Slovenia, Yanks) was the acronym the paper used to describe the English qualifying group and what happened? They barely slipped through the group stage and actually ended 2nd in the group after the US. The fact is that while some paths are easier than others in the World Cup, no path is truly easy, at any given time a team could surprise you with a swift counter-attack or a defense that just won’t give up that goal you need. It is especially hard to find an “easy” qualifying path anymore with the ever-widening body of skilled players being imported to soccer hungry countries for their 1st and 2nd tier leagues. Even a seeded spot is no guarantee of success in the World Cup, I’ll just watch the draw, hope for an easier path but have a bit of faith in the fact that on a good day, the USMNT can beat anyone in the world.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:59 AM

      Well said !!!

  5. hildezero - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM


    You’re comment was exaggerative. Of course CONMEBOL is better than CONCACAF, but please, like if Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, and probably Ecuador are better teams than the US. It’s not the US’ fault that they play in CONCACAF (yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong). There’s no need to rank Uruguay that high. Also, yes. The US deserves to be ranked thirteenth. They’ve been there for awhile. They didn’t move spots, yet you’re saying is high? XD

  6. jucam1 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM


    I think your comment makes my point. You know Conmembol is better, you didn’t include power house Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Uruguay in your “please” comment, which means you recognize that at least 4 of Con’s teams are better than the US, and I guarantee you that Ecuador is a better team than the US, so my point about why Uruguay deserves it is valid. In addition, when you count the 5 teams I just mentioned, plus the powerhouse European teams there is no way the US should rightly be ranked 13th… I would think somewhere in the mid to late twenties makes sense when you consider the African teams are always underrated and that teams like Ghana always beat the US… I have no quarrels with the US being in the cup because they earned it even if they play in a weak (but improving) region. All I was doing was responding to the question as to why Uruguay has a chance to be top 7 and remarking on the fact that the US is not even close to the 13th best team in the world.

    • danielofthedale - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Yeah I am not buying the Ecuador is better the US. They have one of the biggest splits between home and road performance of any nation in the world. Playing in Quito is one of the two or three biggest home field advantages in the world, so much so there was talk of making them and Bolivia move their games to lower elevation cities.

      In fact its like they are two exactly opposite teams when you look at their home and away splits.
      The last three World Cup cycles at home Ecuador is 18 wins, 6 draws, 2 losses with an average score of 1.8-0.6 in favor of Ecuador. Away they are 1 win, 7 draws, 18 losses with an average score of 0.6-1.9 against Ecuador. Then in friendlies away from Ecuador over the last ten years 3 wins, 8 draws and 9 loses and these games by and large have been against middle of the road or lower teams.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      “I guarantee you that Ecuador is a better team than the US”

      Suddenly I have this overwhelming desire to be grouped with Ecuador next summer.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      “Ghana always beat the US”

      We’ve played them all of TWO times, and lost by one goal both times, with the second match decided in extra time.

      Your disrespect of CONCACAF is inaccurate and ill-deserved.
      You better brace yourself, because THIS World Cup is in OUR hemisphere of the globe, and the teams we’re sending, at least ONE of them is going to make big waves I predict and maybe shock the world!

      It’s coming baby, and 2014 is PRIME for it.

  7. hildezero - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Okay. I get your point, but just because I didn’t mention teams, doesn’t mean they’re better than the US. Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay would be teams that the US can beat. Just because teams like Uruguay have a few superstar players doesn’t mean they’re one of the best teams in the world. Look at Wales for example. You mentioned Ghana, well all I can say is, seriously? Times have changed. Leave that in the past. Do you really think these US squads are not better than 2006 and 2010 squads? You said you were just answering my question. I don’t think so. You even mentioned why the US doesn’t deserve to be 13th. That doesn’t sound like “just answering the question” to me.

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